Counseling Center

Student Support Network

Research has shown that, when a student experiences difficulty, they are most likely to turn to their friends first.  The Student Support Network (SSN) is a  training designed to equip students with the skills and information they need to know how to respond when their friends are in crisis.  The training covers:

  • Active listening and support skills
  • Recognizing and responding to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance use/abuse, and disordered eating
  • Ways to support friends and connect them with resources that can provide help

SSN training is an active experience involving group discussions, visualization, and role playing to provide hands-on practice to build skills and confidence in addressing difficult situations.  We ask that students make a commitment to participate in all 7 sessions.  There is no on-going commitment after the training, though there may be additional training and volunteer opportunities.  For more information, refer to the SSN FAQs.

If you would like to hear about future trainings, please contact Jessica Gifford, Mental Health Educator (jgifford@amherst.edu or x5637).